H.E.R.O. 2011 | DuClaw Brewing Company

H.E.R.O. 2011H.E.R.O. 2011
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H.E.R.O. 2011H.E.R.O. 2011

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oline73 on 09-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mrvonzipper for sharing this beer

Look: Black and opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Chocolate and peanut butter. Best thing about this beer but my chocolate peanut butter homebrew smell way better

Taste: Very much the same as the nose but not quite enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Holy fuck is this beer a carbonation mess. So much so that the first sip I took foamed up in my mouth so bad that I had to spit it out. What a train wreck this is

Overall: Because of the mouthfeel this beer to me is undrinkable

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Photo of rtaps
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

dark brown in color, but seems overly carbonated. huge off white head that hangs around for quite some time

aroma is chocolate dominated with some peanuts. reminds me of a Reese's just more chocolate to it

taste fallows the nose, chocolate dominated with some peanuts and some roasted malts

mouth feel very highly carbonated, what body you do have it a little smooth

overall, i was looking forward to this one and was let down pretty big. it's quite a carbonated mess

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Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of creamy mocha head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that slowly drips back down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pronounced nuttiness t it, which is layered on top of fruity citrus, roasted coffee character, and some cocoa accents long the back.

The taste is cocoa and toffee sweetness up front, which then blends into bitter green citrus before roast and peanut flavor comes out across the back. Hops linger in the finish the most, with a dry and bitter feel that lingers. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a prickly feel throughout but is overall coming off as way to thin in the mouth.

I wasn’t really a fan of this. The peanut flavor had an almost artificial character to it and the thinness of the body hurt this as well. Hopefully the next H.E.R.O. release will be better.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2


Thanks for opening this, Mrvonzipper!

Dark brown in color with incredibly over-active carbonation; the quickly forming light brown head rushes up to the top of the glass and sits there perched for quite some time. The beer also looks a bit thin per the style. Overall, unimpressive appearance.

The aroma on this is actually quite nice and unique. It smells of crushed Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, with a good amount of roasted malt and coffee. Easily, the best aspect of this beer.

The right flavors are here (roasted malt, coffee, sticky peanut butter), but there's also a muddled and metallic flavor floating through it all, especially on the lingering finish. And what good flavors might be here are ruined...

...by the godawful mouthfeel. It's thin, prickly, hugely, effervescently carbonated. Not at all a pleasure to drink. Vigorously agitating the beer improves the feel some as it loses more and more carbonation.

An interesting and unique peanut butter stout with a very nice aroma--though the huge carbonation truly affects an otherwise acceptable stout.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A massive thanks goes out to bross242 for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Infected bottle! *sad panda* Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with a three finger tan head that subsided to one slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peanuts, and subtle sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, peanuts, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. I was really disappointed to see the head formation on this one when I poured it. Upon smelling it, I knew something was off. I was actually excited about this one when I saw it come out, but was quickly letdown unfortunately. Make this one again, fix the infection problem, and send me a bottle DuClaw. I will be waiting…

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this one at his tasting!

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick khaki head that lasts. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and peanut butter cup candy. Taste is of dark roasted malt and an odd peanut butter cup flavor. This beer has a very high level of carbonation. There is an obvious issue at hand regarding this. Overall, this is an average porter that smells better than it tastes but the carbonation level ruins things for this one.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Enjoying with a piece of my girlfriend's peanut butter pie.

Pours a deep brown almost black with a 1/2 finger mocha head leaving decent lacing down the glass.

Wow interesting nose. It really does smell like peanuts. Some roasted malts are also present, but definitely peanut aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Some roasty slightly smoky malt are present. Peanuts are as flavorful as the aroma would suggest, but still present.

And now the downfall of the beer. The flavor may be more pronounced, but the overwhelming prickly carbonation overpowers everything in a big way. Most pilsners aren't this carbonated. It really destroys all promise this beer has.

Flavors are here I think, but the over carbonation really ruins the entire experience.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber picked up locally and poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown in the middle with light brown along the edges when held up to light. Lots of tan head that slowly falls as a nice layer remains on top through whole session.

Aroma is eerily reminiscent of some Short's beers I've tried, minus the infection. There is something unique about it, I assume a peanut smell, but it's not so obviously peanut butter that I could pick it out of a lineup. Smells sweet with some hints of roast in the background.

Taste is a little sweet up front but it finishes with a nice roast and some peanut flavors linger after the finish. The base beer is pretty solid it definitely tastes like a porter.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but it is only 6%, and I feel like the carbonation may be a little on the high side. Not too bad overall, especially considering it's a homebrew recipe. A nice novelty beer to sit down and drink on a Friday night.

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Photo of jdense
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Eastern Oregon Brew Crew 1.11.11.

Pours with minimal medium brown head, quick dissipation with no lacing over dark brown opaque body. Not much going on in the nose, some citrus and floral hop aromas and a faint bit of chocolate. There's some chocolate present in the taste but not a lot, and the power of suggestion led me to believe there was some peanut butter stickiness on the roof of my mouth, but if I didn't see peanut butter on the label I probably wouldn't have thought so. Mouthfeel is medium, not much effervescence, fairly dry finish. Not a 'big' beer by any means, fairly drinkable, an interesting attempt that, IMO, fails to deliver.

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Photo of maximum12
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AndrewNations for this bottle. Unfortunately, it has a lot to live up to. The previous Chocolate/PB beer I had was close to perfect; even the memory makes me moist. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Second straight bottle that opens like a firecracker going off. Pour is a decade-long ordeal; carbonation billows over 10,000 feet into the atmosphere. Dark porter when it finally settles. Smell is spot-on beautiful, peanut butter & malts. Great.

H.E.R.O. lives up to its paranthetical name (or whatever that word is). Very nice peanut, lovely shot of chocolate. The downside is the aforementioned & unwelcome carbonation, which is about 16 times what's necessary & is terribly distracting. To the point that's it's difficult to pull out the flavors. Burbles & violates the tonuge, too. Limiting both the drinkability, taste, & mouthfeel.

Too bad. I can almost taste a really, really fine beer under the madcap bubbles, but they really bring the whole concoction down. As is, pretty good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to canjeeps for sending this one my way. enjoyed out of a founders snifter.

a - brew poured with explosive head. i had to adjust my pour and let things settle down so i could get more than a fingers worth of actual brew in the glass. the massive head slowly dissolved away leaving creamy chunks. the beer beneath is black as night.

s - peanut butter porter. very nice and different. has the soft char and briskness with peanut butter. not really any chocolate, just peanut butter and char. reminds me of something that i'd find from short's.

t - very soft and light. vanilla at first, then some porter char, then some peanut butter and roasted chocolate malts. nice. very portery.

m - porter to the T, leaves a nice tingle. a bit brisk for a porter and the peanut butter gives it a bit of a twist.

o - overall, a fairly decent porter with some peanut butter in there. peanut butter is interesting, but not necessarily an improvement on the beer...but an interesting twist. the full bomber seems like it might be a bit much for me. reminds me of that reeses cereal (do they still make that?)...like peanut butter squared. don't get me wrong, i love peanut butter, but this kind of quantity seems a bit much.

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Photo of j1knapp
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to StormKing47 for this one!

A: Pours black with a billowing and fluffy light tan head that slowly faded into a dense rocky film leaving chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Well all be damned I’m getting some whiffs of peanut butter. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts come through as well, and I even get notes of herbal hops.
T: Light on the flavor but what’s there is good. Flavors of chocolate dominate, followed by caramel and roast. The finish is where the peanut butter comes through, and interestingly enough it tastes like the real thing. The finish is lightly sweet with hints of cola and candied sugar.
M: Bubbly carbonation that is just a tad to spritzy, medium body, and a mouthfeel that reminds me soda but thicker.
O: A bit over-carbonated but the flavors in this one were pretty good. I was expecting something richer, but this wasn’t bad. Thanks again, Josh.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with a one finger head that sticks around. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malts, and feint peanut butter. Taste is more muddled up front but finishes nice, peanuts and chocolate are both present. This is way overcarbonated and I feel that it takes away from what could be a really nice beer. Overall it's good, not great

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with a massive, billowy tan colored head. The foamy head lasts for an extremely long time and leaves behind very thick lacing.

S: A little bit of peanut butter mixed with some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. I remember the aroma being a lot stronger the last time I had it.

T: Similar to the aroma, some light peanut butter and a little bit of chocolate, but for the most part it comes off like an average porter.

M: Medium bodied with a really nice level of carbonation.

O: Kind of hard to review, because I remember this beer being much closer to its namesake the first time I had it, but now it is a shell of its former self.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kloby's as I mourned the dying embers of another wasted Phillies season.

Pours an oily opaque near black with a large, airy mocha head. Surprising lacing and retention. Rich, roasty and sweet aroma. Nutty and chocolatey, not overly artificial. Flavor is a little faker and less complex than the nose; tastes like a thin chocolately porter with a crisp dry finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Better than expected.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bottle listed as 6% ABV
A - pours a lacy short foamy head atop a dark chocolate brew.
S - a trace of peanuts is right there at the start over a mildly chocolate malt base.
T - again mild is a keyword. The chocolates are present but not bold along with a sweet nutty aftertaste.
M - nicely carbonated with a slick smooth medium body.
D - interesting and enjoyable.
Overall a mellow beer even when fully warmed.
Think of it as a single Girl Scout Tagalong cookie dissolved in half a gallon of an easy drinking porter.

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Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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H.E.R.O. 2011 from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 64.2% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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